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Ed DeGenaro / Bio

Ed DeGenaro received a degree in Performance and Teaching from the German National Conservatory of Music in Nuremberg, he worked as a “hired gun” guitarist and session player, performing
all over Europe before relocating to Los Angeles followed by Seattle and then back to Los Angeles where he currently resides. His contributions, as a musician and an engineer, includes numerous projects with major labels, musicians like Elliott Sharp, Steve Kimock, David Byron Band, Accept, Hammerhead, Alcatraz, and producers David Rosenthal (Rainbow, Robert Palmer) and Roy Thomas Baker. After the critically acclaimed releases Dog House and Less Is Seldom More, Ed released Holiday In Madras which according to some is Ed’s best work so far. For this album he teamed up with various artists from the United States, Germany and India. Currently Ed is working on his next album which he aptly calls “The Elektrik Circus”

Ujjayinee Roy is a singer, composer and writer from Chennai, India. She has been the voice behind numerous songs in Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam and Telegu films and has worked with the likes of A R Rahman, Illayaraja, Sajid –Wajid, Devi Shree Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja and numerous music directors all over the country. She has also lent her voice for numerous jingles, ad-films and voice-overs. Apart from featuring in various television shows Ujjayinee is also a theater artist. In the early days of her career she has also been the founder member of bands like Tribe and Aurko and has been for the last 7 years a part of a musical project called Noize Inc. Ujjayinee has been working and experimenting with various genres of music like electronica, opera, rock, Indian and Western classical, jazz, folk music etc and this versatility is visible in her voice as well as her compositions.
Ujjayinee met Ed in Chennai and thereby started a new journey for her where she teamed up with him for his album “Holiday In Madras” lending her voice as well as co-producing some
of the tracks. Needless to say she also started touring with him as the vocalist of his band.
She has experimented with various styles and genres of music the album and is currently co- producing and lending her voice for Ed’s current album “The Elektrik Circus”. She has also released her first original compilation which is called “Novocain For The Soul”. Ujjayinee is also a bharatnatyam danseuse and performs professionally.
Shyam Rao fell in love with drumming when he was 3 years old hearing a gypsy woman on the street playing the kuthu, a catchy rhythm endemic to South India, while her daughter danced to it. By the time he was 4, he could pretty much follow along with any song that he heard. Many an occasion found him playing along with his father’s harmonica recitals. Formally learning drumming wasn’t really an option in India at the time so he did the rounds of piano and guitar lessons until he started playing for his school band at the age of 13 and never looked back!

Shyam joined the Rock cover band Keytones in college which was his first semi-professional act. The late eighties saw him hooking up with guitarist Prasanna and his band Shakuni And The Byrds Of Prey, which was a life changing experience allowing Shyam to move on into the territory of Jazz Fusion and get his ears also attuned to Carnatic music.
Shyam continued to pursue music by studying saxophone and playing drums for bands like Grenadine, a Blues/Folk band in New York, Stormy Weather in New Jersey etc and played at venues in the East Village like CBGBs and all over New York/New Jersey. Shyam also played bass and drums for several Indian film music shows featuring artists such as Kavita Krishnamoorthy, Shaan, Malkit Singh etc. Since his return to India, Shyam has been playing with bands like Rainbow Bridge, 7even, Bad Fish, Perfect Strangers, Roxygen and others.

In August 2009 Shyam attended a one week workshop at Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music (SAM) in Chennai with Prasanna, Mike Pope, David Gilmore and Rodney Holmes. It was a transformational experience that brought Shyam and SAM together and soon he took over as Vice-President of SAM in 2010 and since then has been working very hard to bring his positive energy for a fun and noble cause. It was at SAM that he met Ed DeGenaro the first time as a faculty. The two became thick friends very soon and since then Ed refers to Shyam as his “brother from another mother”. When Ed heard and watched Shyam perform, it was very natural that he asked Shyam to be a part of his band.

Wayne Savio Fernandez aka "The Bass Port" was trained initially in classical piano and guitar in his early childhood. He was asked by the leader of his first band (his twin brother) to take up bass duties for their high school band. Thus began his journey into the deep end.

The Bass Port has collaborated with various bands & artists such as Vedanth Bharadwaj, Ed DeGenaro, Sanjeev Thomas (guitarist for AR Rahman), Subject To Change, No Idea, The Rainbow Bridge & more.

Anthony Karuna is the talented and prolific keyboard player of the band. His interest drifted from western classical to other forms of music such as blues, smooth jazz, rock, and Indian music. He began helping his father at work, playing keyboards for over seventy albums. Having found the prominence of the technology involved in making music, he went to The Film and TV Institute to hone his skills as an audio engineer. He has composed many jingles and been a part of bands such as 7even, Tryst & A V Ramanan Musiano.

General Info

Band Members
Ed DeGenaro (gtr), Wayne Fernandez (bs.), Ujjayinee Roy (vox), Shyam Rao (dr.), Anthony Karuna (keys), Gokul Ramdas (perc.)
Artist Name
Ed DeGenaro
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Active Since
Rock / Fusion / Acid Jazz

Contact Info

Malibu, CA